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Mahathir, Muhyiddin and Malay dominance: Malaysia's '3M' dilemma

Mahathir, Muhyiddin and Malay dominance are three factors key to Malaysia's future. The question is how to resolve the inevitable tensions in seeking a new political balance.

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The past two weeks in Malaysia have been mind-boggling. What began as an attempt by some members of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) governing coalition to seek clarity on leadership succession descended into a maelstrom of intrigue and subterfuge, culminating in the appointment of an underdog as Malaysia's eighth prime minister or PM8.

This was followed quickly by a series of revelations, as key protagonists in this surreal script shared their versions of what transpired behind the scenes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2020, with the headline Mahathir, Muhyiddin and Malay dominance: Malaysia's '3M' dilemma. Subscribe